Pentos PLC - United Kingdom 1989

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Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Pentos plc dated in 1989. This historic document was printed by United States Banknote Corporation and has an ornate border around it. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's SVP and is over 18 years old. Pentos PLC was a specialist retailer and also manufactures office furniture. The group's specialist retailing brands were Dillons, Athena and Ryman. Markets supplied by the group include the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America, Australasia and the Far East, the Middle East and Africa. Specialist retailing accounted for 91% of 1993 revenues and office furniture, 9%. In February, 1994, the group announced the disposal of 53 Ryman Computer Stores to Cellular Communications Corporation plc. This was part of the group's major restructuring programme. They also had disposed of the wholesale, publishing and manufacturing business of Athena International and the wholesale distribution business in Germany.
About Specimens Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file". Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company. These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.